Julian Rappold

Research Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • European integration
  • German European policy
  • Southern Europe


German, English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-75
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16
Email: rappold@dgap.org

Julian Rappold re-joined DGAP in April 2019 as a Research Fellow in the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, having previously worked with DGAP from May 2011 to March 2017. His areas of expertise are European integration, Germany’s European policy and Southern Europe.

From April 2017, he headed the project “Connecting Europe”, a joint initiative of the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Mercator Foundation, where he also served as Senior Policy Analyst. From 2015 to 2017, he also acted as Associate Researcher for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Prior to this, he worked with the European Parliament and the Ministry of State for Baden-Württemberg.

Julian Rappold studied political sciences and economics at the University of Freiburg, the University of Münster and the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon. He obtained a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of Bath, the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin.


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Selected Publications

Much More Than Just “the Beautiful Game”
EURO 2016 through the Lens of EU Politics
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, June 8, 2016
In a blog entry for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Julian Rappold reflects on how the European Championship can be seen as a stock-taking exercise of the continent’s geopolitical status quo and the European zeitgeist.
Category: European Union
The Thin-Skinned President’s Outrage
German-Turkish relations under pressure over satirical poem
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, April 25, 2016
In a blog entry for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Julian Rappold sums up the current debate over the limits of satire in Germany. A controversial poem by German comedian Jan Böhmermann, coming just weeks after Chancellor Merkel's deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop the flow of migrants trying to reach Europe, put German-Turkish relations to the test and nearly developed into a state affair.
Category: Media/Information, European Union, Turkey, Federal Republic of Germany
In Search of Alternatives
Greece between European Frustration and Russian Temptation
by Julian Rappold
DGAPkompakt 3 (February 2016), 8 pp.
In Search of Alternatives
Tensions over the debt crisis have led to a loss of respect for the EU in Greece. But does Russia offer any kind of alternative to the “austerity directive” coming from Brussels? The Tsipras government's initial efforts to forge closer links with Moscow have not paid off. Crucially, Russia is unable – and unwilling – to offer Greece financial support, but it is all too glad to mobilize Greek sympathy. The EU should listen carefully to the discussion about Russia’s influence on Greece.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Greece, Russia
Solidarity out of Self-interest
All parties call for European solidarity, but are at odds about its concrete meaning
by Julian Rappold
Reshaping Europe blog, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, November 4, 2015
Solidarity out of Self-interest
Crisis mode has become the new normal for European leaders. Over the past five years, the EU has held its breath over the euro crisis leaving visible scars on its functioning and the way, how member states deal with each other. Dissent over the right prescriptions for the crisis management brought about severe tensions between member states. The notion of solidarity turned into an overused buzz word: this has become most obvious in the escalating negotiations between Greece and its creditors.
A Timeout Proposal with Consequences
In the Greek Crisis, All Sides Would be Well Advised to Tone Down Their Rhetoric
by Julian Rappold
Reshaping Europe blog, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, July 30, 2015
A Timeout Proposal with Consequences
Despite the brinkmanship of all negotiation parties, the Greek government and the Eurogroup finally managed to come to an agreement on a third assistance package. Yet this deal comes at a heavy price: it leaves European governments and citizens deeply divided and has created long-lasting tensions between EU's northern and southern members. In addition, it has challenged Germany’s role in Europe. The German government in particular should address the criticism.
Category: European Union, Greece
Time to Act
The European Mainstream’s Obligation to Respond to the Rise of Populism
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union (May 22, 2015), 11 pp. (in English)
Time to Act
Populist parties are on the rise across Europe. Like a cracked mirror, they call attention to the systemic dysfunctions of contemporary Europe. Six years of ongoing economic and debt crisis with social repercussions have left citizens frustrated, leaving them with a deep sense of insecurity about the political system’s lack of responsiveness and performance. Mainstream parties cannot afford to ignore this wake-up call. Only a serious counter-strategy can win back citizen support.
Category: Political Participation, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Europe
Together Forever?
Greece's election forces Germany to once again confront the possibility of a Grexit
by Julian Rappold
Together Forever?
The far left Syriza party is poised to win January 25 parliamentary elections in Greece, and will likely demand a renegotiation of the terms of its continued eurozone membership if it does. Angela Merkel's government in Germany, fearing the precedent this would set for other crisis countries, seems willing to let Greece go instead.
Category: Economy and Currency, Greece, Germany, Europe
Out on the Edge
Can Britain resolve its troubled relationship with the EU?
by Roderick Parkes, Julian Rappold
Out on the Edge
Europe’s economic crisis has further damaged Britain’s already difficult relationship with the EU. While a majority of member states seeks a deepening of Europe’s political and financial ties, London is trying to recover its scope of independent action. The reasons are rooted in Britain’s historical experience of international relations, which persists in the thinking of the four main parties. Even a yes vote for Scotland’s independence may not be enough to force a rethink.
Category: Political Culture, European Union, United Kingdom, Europe
Germany at the Polls: What Europe Can Expect
Eyes across Europe are focused on Germany in the run-up to parliamentary elections in the EU’s largest member state
by Julian Rappold
SIEPS European Policy Analysis 14, September 13, 2013, 20 pages
Germany at the Polls: What Europe Can Expect
The campaign has barely touched on EU topics, focusing instead on domestic issues like energy policy and taxes. But Berlin still plays a huge role in solving the euro crisis, and outside observers are naturally following the election closely. Julian Rappold looks at the election’s potential impact on the rest of Europe. His upshot: parties may propose different solutions to the crisis in the eurozone, but main policy directions are unlikely to change even if a new governing coalition wins power.
Category: European Union, Government and Society, Elections, Europe, Germany